Noted scholar, liberal arts advocate and global leader for women’s education Meredith Woo began serving as the 13th president of Sweet Briar College in May 2017.
Since then, she has spearheaded a comprehensive academic overhaul to reimagine what a liberal arts education should look like in the 21st century. Her overarching goals: To make Sweet Briar excellent, relevant and affordable. In fall 2018, Sweet Briar launched its leadership core curriculum, which replaced the College’s traditional general education requirements, as well as a new academic calendar to make room for more experiential learning. President Woo and her leadership team also reduced Sweet Briar’s tuition by 32 percent while preserving the College’s robust portfolio of more than 250 scholarships. The result: Sweet Briar’s private, liberal arts education now rivals Virginia’s flagship public universities.
In fall 2017, President Woo set out on a multi-city Presidential Tour to speak with thousands of alumnae and friends across the country. In fall 2018, she taught one of the first three-week courses in the College’s new academic calendar.
You can read more about President Woo and Sweet Briar College in her letters and speeches.